Cutting edge day centre nears completion 15.03.10
As construction of a specialist resource centre nears completion, carers of people with learning disabilities joined Sutton Council heads and health professionals to tour the hi-tech complex.
The £4.1m resource centre in Northcote Road, off Anton Crescent, will offer people with the most profound and multiple learning and physical disabilities a range of services to meet their assessed needs. It will open later this year and include a hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms and space for physiotherapy, music and art therapy.
The building boasts impressive green credentials with solar and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, provide hot water and cut carbon emissions. Sun pipes from the roof will disperse natural daylight throughout the building and the largely timber construction will be topped by a green, living roof.
The new centre is on a former council transport depot next to Hallmead Day Centre.
It will provide services for most existing special care unit users and Sutton residents being transferred from Orchard Hill Hospital and NHS Campus Homes. The therapeutic sessions on offer will also support families who care for a loved one with learning disabilities.
The project is being funded by the council (£2.6m) and Sutton and Merton NHS (£1.5m). The resource centre,?designed by?The?HOCA Practice,?is being constructed by Mansell.
Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services on Sutton Council, said:
"This will be a hugely exciting facility that people with a range of learning disabilities can enjoy.
"It's great to see this landmark project coming together and to see how it will enhance the services we provide for adults with learning disabilities in Sutton.
"We are now looking forward to opening the centre later this year and continuing to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents."
David Schad is a carer and a member of Sutton's Learning Disability Partnership Board. Speaking after the site visit, he said:
"I was extremely impressed with the building. It will give people with profound and multiple learning disabilities more opportunities and a much bigger range of support.
"It will be of real benefit to all who use it but also a real benefit to the wider community."
Photos and architects impressions available on request.